wins the nobel peace prize. and the spanish court decides to investigate china's former president for againside in tibet. welcome to al jazeera, let's go first to the developing story in the mediterranean. where a boat capsized between the islands. it's the latest in a series of accidents in the area. let's get more now. karl, so reports of another migrant boat capsizing what more can you tell us? >> reporter: it is indeed another migrant tragedy in the mediterranean between the islands of lampedusa and malta which has become the front line
for migrant arrival in the past month. and putting both islands in serious logistical problems to handle such migrants at about 1700 hours the boat was spotted, shortly afterwards the crew aboard the aircraft saw the boat lift and capsize sending all of the people on board into the water. a maltese navy boat reached the boat in about five minutes. these are migrants who have no experience with the water. some had life vests on and others didn't. however, what we know so far is the search and rescue is still underway. we have at least 15 bodies reportedly already on board the
boats, and some 120 migrants which have been rescued so far. the search goes on, and this is yet another migrant tragedy in the last few days. >> yeah, it comes just a week after that other boat sank off of lampedusa. what is being done by the authorities to try to stop these tragedies from happening? >> reporter: well this is a political problem mostly because this is malta and italy who are petitioning the european union for further support. both countries have been asking brussels to coordinate a burden-sharing agreement. now two eye lanislands although are close, they are different
countries. the maltese government has been burdened with a large number of migrants who are stranded here. the italian government is petitioning brussels for the same money to be granted to italy. now we know that this week the president of the european commission and the region for migration, visited the island of lampedusa in the aftermath of the tragedy of last week and pledged full support for the -- to italy and malta. however, we still have to wait and see what proposals will be fort coming with regards to solving the problem. >> all right. karl thank you. now demonstrations are underway in several cities across egypt a hundred days after the coup that deposed
ousted president mohammed morsi. members of the anti-coup alliance have been gathering. security forces have used tear gas to disburse the crowd. meanwhile hundreds have gathered in front of the palace in kyra. the deposed president is under house arrest and has not been seen since july. >> translator: the national coalition says they will stay away from any of the squares where there was bloodshed. however, these are not monopolized by anyone. but today in order to avoid bloodshed we will only do short, peaceful marches in civil demonstrations in different places. >> translator: we're go down to protest against the injustice,
corruption against military rule. we spent 60 years under military rule. we did not take anything but humiliation and abuse. sisi betrayed his promise and the oath he took, and we will continue against him god willing, either in marches or victory. >> let's give you live pictures from alexandria where military forces used tear gas to disperse the protesters. these are live pictures coming to us now. people out there still demonstrating and voicing their angry at the military, holding four fingers up, that's the symbol of the anti-coup movement. let's get more from our correspondent in cairo. bring us up to date. >> reporter: for the last hour
or so, the curfew has been enforced so specially protesters are breaking curfew by standing there and making the signs that you referred to. the protests are being staged in different parts of cairo and egypt. in cairo, we saw several hundred people march to the presidential palace, the one in which inaugurations take place and presidents would meet visiting heads of states from other countries, and that was important because of the symbolism there. that they would like to see the reinstatement of mohammed morsi. we also saw other protests in nazr city. we saw several thousand people march peacefully from a mask to another part of the city. and following instructions from the anti-coup allowance to
protest peacefully. there have been deaths near the home of mohammed morsi. >> in terms of the politics reports we're hearing suggests that the anti-cue alliance may be about to drop its demand that mohammed morsi be reinstated. what have you been hearing there? >> that's right. and the leading spokesman issued a statement which was broodly similar to ones that have been issued by the anti-coup alliance before, restrainting their position, these are the military government, but it did not refer to the return of the deposed president. that could be construed as a mild conciliatory gesture. he is not speaking from the point of view of the muslim
brotherhood, but the anti-cue alliance. but this failure to mention the return of mr. morsi to his position might be a conciliatory gesture. >> all right. thank you. the noble watchdog tasked with trying to destroy the syriian government's chemical weapon stockpile has won the nobel peace prize. >> they have largely worked out of the limelight until now. the committee has now shown a spotlight on the war in syria and efforts to rid the world of chemical weapons. >> reporter: people here are extremely pleased and proud. as you were saying i think they feel within the organization that they have gone about their work in a very discrete way for
more than a decade now, diplomats in the hague calling them unsung heroes. let's look back at the day's events. perhaps the only predictable aspect of this prize is that it rarely goes to any of the anticipated favorites, and so it proved again this year. >> the nobel peace prize for 2013 is to be awarded to the organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons, opcw, for its extensive work for eliminating chemical weapons. >> reporter: until a few weeks ago, few people around the world even knew what the opcw does. but it has a record of unobtrusive success. >> we have a small organization.
aware from the glare of international publicity has shouldered and honored but noble task tookt as the guardian of the global chemical weapons that took effect in 1997. >> reporter: almost everyone country in the world has joined the ban on chemical weapons. among state's biggest successes, a verifying the destruction of most of america and russia's stockpile of chemical weapons. the staff here know that from now on they are going to be much more under the public spotlight in part because they have won the nobel piece prize, but also because they are going to be carrying out their most difficult mission yet. that in syria.
some 30 opcw inspectors are in syria, but they have only just begun supervising the destruction of chemical weapons in the midst of a civil war. ultimately, president assad's regime will only give up whem -- chemical weapons if it believes that will improve its likelihood of survive sal. officials here are saying it's good news. it gives them more clout in dealing with regimes in the future. i suppose they would be saying that today, but if you look at the kinds of governments who they still have to deal with, president assad's regime in syria, perhaps one day, who knows, the regime in north korea, well, we're talking about very tough people who are going to act out of self interests,
and they are not going to be swayed by sentiment or the prestige even of a prize as famous as this one. they are going to do what they feel is most likely to ensure their survival, and i think that is going to be a huge challenge for the opcw in the months to come immediately obviously in syria. >> thanks very much indeed. let's give you more detail about the opcw. it has been working since the 1990s. it has worked to destroyed more than 57,000 tons of chemical weapons. care rid out 5,000 inspections in 86 countries, and of the countries that declared weapons three have destroyed them completely. libya has destroyed 51%. russia 70%, and the united states 90% of its arsenal.
two other countries, iraq and syria have also confirmed that they have chemical weapons. angela kane is the united nations high representative for disarmament affair. >> i think it will impact it very positively. because now there's additional focus by the world community on what is happening in syria. i'm also very pleased because as far as disarmament is concerned, the nobel committee, and alfred nobel himself has had a long history of being interested and awarded a lot of prizes to disarmament issues. so this is the latest in a spring that have highlighted disarmament. i think we all know that the elimination of chemical weapons in syria is just one of the aspects of the effort that is happening in syria. the other effort is of course
the organization of a geneva two peace conference, and the third angle and the security council has just adopted a presidential statement on this issue is the humanitarian crisis that has lead to the destabilization of the countries, and it has been very difficult to deliver humanitarian aid. human rights watchers accused rebels in syria of killing many citizens. >> the organization says fighters linked to al-qaeda are guilty of the killings. >> reporter: this man retraces his steps. this is what is left of his home. in the early hours of august 4th, he had to make a harrowing decision to stay with his disabled son and his wife who had trouble moving or run. he now has to live with the
consequences. his wife and son are dead. >> translator: the marks are clearly visible. there are the bullet holes here and here, and the blood is splattered on the wall. >> reporter: rebel forces launched an attack. the people in the area are predominately alawite, they managed to push government forces out of the district of a strategic force from which forces shell opposition strong holds. take control of that area, and opposition fighters move closer to assad's home city. [ explosion ] >> reporter: it was only syrian forces recaptured the villages come weeks later that human rights watch was able to enter them. video posted by opposition fighters appears to show them
going house to house in the villages. it was then that the abuses took place including murder and kidnapping. >> we did identify that over 20 groups participated in the operation, but that five groups were principally involved in the planning and commanding of the operation. >> reporter: those groups are mainly made up of foreign fighters as well as al-qaeda-ranked groups and the syrian rebel force. two of those groups will still holding some 200 hostages. the vast majority women and children. accusations of killings are not the first of their kind. human rights watch blamed militia for killing mainly villagers in may. >> there have been numerous incidents of human rights abuses in the syrian war that have been
documented by the united nations and human right's groups. they do say they are worse in scale but blame opposition forces. human rights watch is calling for an arms embargo against the groups they say are responsible. it's all too late for this man, who believes he knows who killed his wife and son. there has been more fighting between government troops and rebels inside syria. activists say at least 70 people have been killed in the capitol capitol damascus. these pictures show the city in the west. rebels there are fighting with government forces activists say. still to come on the nows hour, throws are evacuated from
indians eastern coast as a cyclone approaches the nation. libya's prime minister says a political party organized his abduction. he was taken bay group of men believed to be former rebels. >> translator: this is nothing but a form of subversion, a coup. they also raided the rooms of international diplomatic officials. they came into my hotel room, and i said i have no firearm. i have never in my life carried a firearm even though i have been hunted down all of my life. the international criminal
court has ruled that libya's former spy chief can be tried in his own country. he had demanded that his case be handed over to the hague. but the icc says libya is perfectly capable of trying him for alleged crimes against humanity. afghan leaders meeting in ethiopia are re-examine mining their position. while the meeting is going on in ethiopia, victims of the post election violence in kenya's 2008 election are worried the perpetrators will never be held responsible. >> reporter: a handful of victims meet. the government gave them just $5,000 u.s. dollars each to restart their lives elsewhere.
we met this woman in september when she was accepting her check. where her tent stood is now an incomplete structure where she still keeps her belongings. she is in the process of buying land, but she is worried that the case in the hague could reopen old wounds. >> translator: we have forgiven our aggressors, i'm afreed this peace we have managed is going to change at the hague. >> reporter: more than a thousand kilometers here, african leaders are meeting to discast some of their own concerns. the heads of state are expected to discast the [ inaudible ] relationship with the international criminal court and the kenyan cases. they have been demanding flexibility in the cases against
the president and his deputy. the president now wants the international criminal court to dismiss his case. they say they have evidence of witness tampering, and his witnesses are also being intimidating. kenya's foreign affairs cabinet secretary hinted that the court's flexibility may determine whether or not the president will attend his trial in november. >> we have to -- to do what we are doing at the court right now, but there's also a duty, a duty to this country, a duty to the country that elected the president that he should govern. >> reporter: another group has been following think icc case. the crimes committed against them are not represented in the court. they have not been resettled either.
they want justice. close to six years on and no one has ever been convicted for aprosties that were committed. joining me now live from ashville, north carolina is david crain is law professor at syracuse university. david crain some african leaders say the icc are targeting africa. do these lead verse a point, do you think? >> these leaders have a political point in reality. most of the cases refer to the icc through the un security council or the african states themselves. so it's a little bit problematic to say that the icc is focusing only on africa, and in fact what it is, it has given us a perception that that has happened, but it's not true. the african leaders are using it to score a political point.
>> how much of a blow would it be, though, if a large number of the 34 african countries pulled out? would that impact on the credibility of the court? >> certainly it's a hypothetical. i bought that would happen. but all of this dust in the air related to the icc, and politics, and african leaders and what have you, has brought into question the ability of the icc to deal with political aspects of modern international criminal law. they must understand and reflect the foreign guiding as to what is the political and diplomatic ramifications of such an indictment. >> you are an legal expert. what is the legal implication if the au pulls out or members of the african unit pull out of the icc? does this mean that african leaders couldn't be brought to justice by the international community. because that is already worrying
kenyans who says the perpetrators could escape punishment. >> should hypothetically something like that happen, or a state withdraw from the statute, they are not above the law or impunity. there are other methodologies and ways to bring a head of state to account for them going after their own citizens or rather citizens, it wouldn't just be the icc. but it could be referred through the un security council to the icc. so the fact that they are not part of the pair -- paradigm does not make them above the law. >> what sort of backlash can we see? >> certainly there isn't a backlash so to speak. from a political standing point
of view, i think it lesson's a nation's status to withdraw from the rom paradigm. particularly under stress or indictment. kenya's stature among the commonwealth has been diminished related to all of this political mess and these indictments surrounding the tragedy of the elections back in 2006. >> what do you make of the suggestion then that serving african presidents shouldn't face trial? this is coming from those african leaders, but history itself shows that many serving african presidents have committed crimes, so why should they not face justice? >> they should face justice. i'm the former special
prosecutor, and i indicted a sitting head of state in africa. he was convicted, appealed, denied, and now he is serving 50 years for crimes against humanity. there now is legal precedent to in fact prosecute heads of state within africa. the real challenge is not the law. the real challenge is the political will to do so. >> processor thank you for talking to al jazeera. >> my pleasure. thousands of people have been told to leave eastern india, and cyclone phailin is expected to see hit the area. joining me now live on the phone is face jameel.
bring us up to date about what you have been hearing there about the impact of the cyclone so far. >> reporter: so far people along the coastline are being evacuated ahead of cyclone, and we have learned that north of the coastal city where we are now, there are 12,000 people who have already been evacuated to one of the emergency shelters set up by the government. and there is another 40,000 expected there by saturday. there are hundreds of fishing commune that's dot the coastline for hundreds of kilometers. and they are all right in the storm's path. and it is estimated that more of a million people may have be evacuated before the storm hits. and trains are also being canceled ahead of the storm.
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streets to voice their disagreement with the government. let's get more now and talk to the director of arab politics program. and joins us live from washington, d.c. david, so it's been a hyundais since the toppling of mohammed morsi. now we're hearing the anti-coup alliance may be dropping its demand to have morsi reinstated. are we starting to see a shift in the morsi camp? >> well, it's a little bit early to say there has been a shift. but there is a growing understanding that the military views this crisis as existential, that this is the reality, and the crackdown will continue, and there is an ongoing insurgency in egypt and if the brotherhood continues to persist with this type of
behavior, that there's going to be a real problem, they are not going to have any type of participation or representation in the government going forward. >> so where are we now in these talks. given as you say, the crackdown against the organizatioorganiza government is putting morsi on trial. >> not particularly optimistic, because the constitution moving forward is going to contain a provision banning the muslim brotherhood. this is going to force the brotherhood to either change their name -- but i don't think that will be sufficient. like i also said earlier, i'm not sure that everybody in the brotherhood is coming to terms of the reality just yet that they -- that this is not going to be revisited. and so i -- i think that it's going to be very difficult to
strike a deal that is going to include a high level of participation of muslim brotherhood supporters in the future system of egypt. >> yeah, and in terms of public response, we're now starting to see pro morsi protests start to gather again. how long is the government likely to let these go on before we see another crackdown? >> well, i dare say that it won't be very long. what the military wants to do is engineer this transition process to move to a more civilian-lead government, to have elections, and it has got this road map, but what it also has is a severe economic crisis and growing instability, because of the islamist insurgency in the sinai and in egypt proper in cairo, et cetera. if the brotherhood continues to demonstrate in great numbers to
impede for return to normalization to foreign direct investment, to any number of levels of normalsy that would allow the economic development of egypt, then i think the military is going to come out and once again repress very hard the brotherhood to find an tend to this. >> we now have the united states saying they are looking at cutting some of the military aid package to egypt. could this be seen as pressure on the military-backed government to speed up the transition to democracy and will it work? >> just a few weeks ago you had president obama talking about that the united states would continue the assistance as long as egypt stuck to the road map, and they appear to be sticking to the road map. so it's really a little bit strange that they decided to cut this right now.
if they stick to this road map like they are, then john kerry, the secretary of state says that egypt will get a resumption of funds. but the military view the brotherhood and actions as terrorism. so i don't think this cut in aid will be leverage that will force the military to change tack right now. they have a plan, they are sticking to it, and the cut in the $1.3 billion, this is a blip on the radar screen. it may encourage or em-bolden the brother that think they have u.s. support. but the military views this in such stark relief of being so threatening, that they will continue regardless of what the united states is doing right now. >> thank you for talking to al
jazeera. at least 12 migrants have drowned off of egypt's coast after their boat capsized. the navy has been searching for survivors and more than 100 people have been rescued. france's top court has upheld a ban on the process known as frac-ing. lauren back to you. >> yes, darren two years ago, france became the first country to ban the natural gas and oil mining technique. it is not popular with environmental groups. france has been named one of the most promising countries for the shale gas extraction. but the president promises to keep the ban in place. >> reporter: every view days this woman travels from her home to check on this site in the
countryside. a few months ago drilling equipment, she tells us was being used leading her to believe the land was being considered as a future site for shale gas extraction. otherwise known as frac-ing. the site operator old al jazeera that it is completely following the ban. >> it is not a long-term idea, because as long as you wish to get fossil energy, that fossil energy will be finished one day. >> reporter: a drill bigs deep underground and then moves horizontally where gas is trapped between shale rock. water and chemicals are pumped down at high pressure fracturing
the shale and releasing the gas. two years ago, france became the first country in the world to ban frac-ing. but a u.s. energy firm decided to channel the law. a constitutional council has decided to uphold the law. the french public and authorities still need to be convinced that the benefits outweigh any environmental risks. and that could take some doing. shale gas exploration has been embraced by governments such as the us. supporters of exploration in france believe it has been unfairly judged. >> the benefit of frac-ing to take it short and clear is to produce france's own resources of hydrocarbon, whether it's gas or oil. and therefore replacing imports. >> reporter: the industry is
unlikely to give up its fight to frac in france. isabelle is as determined to keep this land clear for the future generations. update for you on our top story news coming in from italy that dozens are dead amongst the migrants who were on that boat that capsized off of the coast of italy. more as we get it, but dozens are dead according to the italian coast guard. russian court has rejected a bail request by two britains held after a green peace demonstration. they are the first of many foreigners arrested to seek bail. all 30 activists pace piracy charges which are punishable by up to 15 years in prison. the court has already denied bail to four russians. a spanish court has decided
to hear a case against former chinese president over allegations that he committed genocide in tibet. former president and six other chinese firms are already under investigation in spain. he was the communist party leader in the late '80s and early '90s. it is alleged he was responsible for actions aimed at eliminating the uniqueness of tibet. one of the activists bringing the case says the international community should pay attention. >> in spain there is a system, you know, that tried to get in court, but other countries are not yet -- neither in america they have now in the france, so
we will try -- starting from spain, we will try to really tell the world of the suffering of tibet an people and genocide what is happening inside tibet. an embarrassing spelling mistake that forced the vatican to withdraw thousands of medals for sale. a group in turkey has criticized reforms unveiled by the government which it says don't go far enough in granting autonomy in the region. north korea has branded a joint naval exercise as a grave military provocation. the two-day drill prompted north korea to put its military on high alert. the u.s. has almost 30,000
troops in asia, and regularly engage in military exercises. at the summit in brew nigh, john kerry said all countries had a right to seek arbitration. talks aimed at averting a u.s. debt default will continue in washington. senior lawmakers have offered president obama a short-term debt ceiling increase. but an end to the government shutdown appears to be no closer. a former u.s. general has been fired for aledged misbehavior. he is the second military commander to be sat this week. this man is facing allegations that he used counterfeit
gambling chips at a casino. kimberly news that a second senior officer has been fired. what is -- what is going on? >> well, the pentagon just wrapping up its press conference with reporters about this, talking about this very high profile firing of major general michael kerry, a two-star general. apparently this involved an incident while he was on a temporary duty assignment. there was a conclusion that there was a lost of trust and confidence in his leadership and judgment, and as a result he was relieved of his command. he oversaw not just a staff of -- some close to 10,000 people, but he was in charge of the 20th air force. so basically he was overseaing more than 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles spread over
three bases across the united states. so this is coming as very much a shock to many people who not only worked for him, but also of concern that somebody that perhaps made such a grave lapse in judgment had such a high pro file and senior role in terms of operational security. >> will these incidents do you think raise questions about the overall safety, then of america's nuclear weapons? >> there certainly are questions that are being raised, as you point out this is the second firing of a senior commander in just one week. it was wednesday when the other senior commander was relieved of his duties. the air force has been really careful to say look nothing has changed in terms of operational security. the 20th air force still excuses its mission in a safe and secure manner, but again, given the
street. they were jointly awarded the prize on tuesday sthchl they are responsible for the theory of the particle that proves out particles get their mass. >> i was walking along harriet road when a car pulled up a across the road. and a lady in her 60s or maybe 70 or so got out and introduced herself as a former neighbor and widow of a judge who died recently, and congratulated me on -- on the news, and i said what news? [ laughter ] >> italy's former prime minister minister say he is asked to serve his 12-month sentence for tax fraud as community service. because of his age the 77 year old does not have to go to prison. he has the choice of house arrest or community service. if his request is accepted, the
court in rome will decide what form it will take. he could be tasked with working in an old people's home, stacking supermarket shelves or cleaning up graffiti. thousands of students have been protesting in rome overcuts to school budgets. they say the government's current funding is already insufficient. they call for student welfare and the end of public financing of pry vatd -- private schools. a nazi war criminal has died in italy at the age of 100. he was sentenced to life for the killing of 355 civilians in caves.
and the vatican has been forced to withdraw 6,000 copies of a new paper medal for sales because jesus was spelled wrong. the name is spelled with an l, not an j. some eagle-eyed experts snapped up the coins before the mistake was noticed and could make lots of money. one person that became famous for his misspelling he told a 12 year old boy who spelled potato incorrectly. and mitt romney misspelled america. google was supposed to be named of the name google-plex, but the student who came up with the
idea misspelled it, so the company decided to leave it that way. that's it from here in europe, now here is farah with the sport. >> thank you so much. it's a busy weekend of football across the global. in the last hour belgium have secured their place in brazil. belgium make a return to the tournament for the first time since 2002. elsewhere . . . italia is already confirmed for the finals. germany just kicked off their match against eyreland, and it's still goalless there. england faces a crucial match in
the next few minutes. anything less puts them at risk of missing their first tournament since 1994. >> yeah, up there with the most important games we have played. and without a physical [ inaudible ] campaign now it's up to miyself and the players t deliver. >> spain's match against belarus will go ahead despite an explosion in the stadium which was blamed on a faulty generator. a win would put spain on the verge of qualifications. it's a must win situation for mexico as they host panama. a loss at the aztec stadium could see mexico misout on qualification for the first time since 1990.
they are battling for the final automatic positions. >> translator: what the players want at the moment is support. i think it's the only thing we want. we know at the moment things have not been going well, but we had a great opportunity. this is the moment to back them. the last option we have to do something that we should have done. in south america the winner of columbia and chile will automatically advance to next year's tournament. the winner of uruguay and ecuador will also go through. the all australian a league kicked off. the 39-year-old sydney fc captain head his side to victory over the newcastle jets. in formula one, a former
test driver has been found debt in our hotel room. the 33-year-old spaniard was one of the few women to become close to competing at the top of the start. she lost her eye in an horrific accident while testing with the team last year. a spokes woman said they are assuming it was a natural death but are examining the scene. news came just as the second practice session was being completed at the japanese grand pr prix. other drivers struggled -- [ technical difficulties ] -- victory on sunday will see him secure a fourth world title. and there was a rally a set down to clench the quarter finals in a match that lasted nearly two and a half hours.
the world number 2 will now face another frenchmen in the east semifinals. >> the match today will able help me in that way so i know what is expected, because they both have big movement, big serves, very athletic, so hopefully i can -- i can raise the level of my game when it's needed tomorrow. >> he also came through a challenging semifinal against the play from switzerland. they closed out in a 20-minute tie break before winning the match 7-6, 6-1. detroit tyingers will battle the boston red sox for a place in baseball's world series.
justin verlander lead the tyingers to victory over oakland. verlander struck out ten batters and only gave up two hits. the best of seven championship series beginning in boston on saturday. for most $8 million would seem like a lot of money to spend on a house or a car. or just anything, really. how about a horse? a one year old philly has been social -- sold for $8.6 million. she is the daughter of gal laya, and franko who retired last year after 14 unbeaten races. darren back to you. >> all right. thank you. stay with us here on al jazeera,
this is al jazeera america live from new york city, i'm stephanie sy with a look at today's top stories. a boat carrying migrants has capsized off of the coast of lampedusa. last week more than 300 people died when another boat carrying migrants capsized off of the same coast. republican leaders met with president obama this afternoon of the government shutdown and the debt ceiling crisis. the air force is firing the